Data mirroring and storage management startup SANgate Systems Inc. has found a new CEO, one month after its former leader, Doron Kempel, was forced to resign because of a non-compete lawsuit filed by industry titan EMC Corp., Kempels previous employer.
The new CEO, Patrick Courtin, will also be chairman of the Southborough, Mass., company.
Like many storage startups, SANgate has yet to enter the technology mainstream or show successful product sales. Courtin said he feels he can help.
"Part of the job of people like me is to take a vision and bring it to the next level, which I plan to do," he said Friday in an interview with eWEEK. "The next level is to go out and put two or three products in the street. At the moment we have a lot of technology promise."
Courtin, originally from France, spent time discussing SANgates vision with Kempel and others. But, he said, "itll take me three or four weeks to get my own judgment."
Until early August, Courtin spent 18 months as chairman, president and CEO of Gensym Corp., a Burlington, Mass., maker of network management software. However, he left, according to Gensyms press release at the time, when Gensyms ownership "announced a strategic restructuring and reorganization of the company, including a reduction of approximately 40 percent of its current work force, intended to return the company to immediate profitability." Before Gensym, Courtin spent three years at M3i Systems Inc., a Montreal software company.